Dismay as Falmouth Premier Inn set to get go-ahead

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PLANS to build a 74 bedroom Premier Inn hotel in Falmouth town centre look set to be given the go-ahead by Cornwall Council today.

The planning application is on the agenda for members of the strategic planning committee when they meet at New County Hall at 10am today (Thursday).

A report prepared for the meeting by planning officers recommends the plans are approved, subject to a number of conditions being met.

The report has been greeted with dismay by opponents to the scheme, who say it will destroy the atmosphere of the town centre.

The hotel would be built on the site of the Campeltown Way car park, close to Events Square.

Nearby residents and business owners have raised a number of objections to the plans, including fears over its impact on car parking in the area, the effect it will have on neighbouring flats and its impact on local businesses.

However, the report prepared for Thursday’s meeting suggests none of the raised concerns merits rejecting the application.

It states: “The development would lead to the loss of 21 pay and display car park spaces, however, it is not considered that this loss of a relatively small proportion of spaces on a site adjacent to the Grove Hill and former T.A. Centre Car Parks would add to car parking congestion to an unacceptable level.”

It adds: “The scheme would have an impact upon the amenities experienced by the occupants of the adjacent Fisher Court Flats who would lose private views from their kitchen and bedroom windows, however, the harm to the amenities of the Fisher Court residents does not outweigh the benefits of this development in terms of delivering a sustainable development which will attract people into the hub of Falmouth.”

Rosemary Hobbs, secretary of the Falmouth and District Hotels Association, was one of many opponents to the scheme.

She said: “Having read the report from top to bottom, I think that for purely financial risk reasons, the councillors are very unlikely to go against the officer’s recommendations.

“I think it is now a case of ‘on their own heads be it’.

“I, and a lot of other people, believe this will ruin that end of town and it will change the atmosphere of Falmouth town centre for the worse.

“We are not angry, we are sad that for whatever reason the planning officer has chosen to interpret planning policy in this way.”

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7:14am Thu 13 Dec 12

jane-w says...

As a life resident of Falmouth I welcome this and say common sense prevails. I would rather have this than that horrible self contained village of Port Pendennis - what benefit has that brought to Falmouth.........NON
E!! Whereas Premier will bring income into the town and also create jobs. Lets hope it does get approval and for once Well Done Cornwall Council.
As a life resident of Falmouth I welcome this and say common sense prevails. I would rather have this than that horrible self contained village of Port Pendennis - what benefit has that brought to Falmouth.........NON E!! Whereas Premier will bring income into the town and also create jobs. Lets hope it does get approval and for once Well Done Cornwall Council. jane-w
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7:55am Thu 13 Dec 12

Poldark says...

I always thought that it was a last minute gesture to placate the protesters, whenever have we see the strategic/planning committee err on the side of those protesting,.
After all the hard work put in by these people and the hope they were given by calling it in made no difference whatsoever.
It's in the wrong place and should be on the outskirts of town.... .,
I always thought that it was a last minute gesture to placate the protesters, whenever have we see the strategic/planning committee err on the side of those protesting,. After all the hard work put in by these people and the hope they were given by calling it in made no difference whatsoever. It's in the wrong place and should be on the outskirts of town.... ., Poldark
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6:02pm Thu 13 Dec 12

cornishblonde says...

Thank you Poldark - but actually we WON!!! If Premier Inn really want to come to the area, they could go to Penryn, where the Council and University really want a budget hotel. Problem for this developer is that he does not own any land in Penryn! This was an exercise in greed and for once, and lets applaud them this time, the planning committee got it RIGHT.
Thank you Poldark - but actually we WON!!! If Premier Inn really want to come to the area, they could go to Penryn, where the Council and University really want a budget hotel. Problem for this developer is that he does not own any land in Penryn! This was an exercise in greed and for once, and lets applaud them this time, the planning committee got it RIGHT. cornishblonde
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1:51pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Poldark says...

Yes you did and I am so very pleased for you, but where ever did the Falmouth Packet get their info from putting those headlines up? I wonder, maybe they need a new source..
Yes you did and I am so very pleased for you, but where ever did the Falmouth Packet get their info from putting those headlines up? I wonder, maybe they need a new source.. Poldark
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8:56pm Fri 14 Dec 12

ronedgcumbe says...

How about, Helston the crew of Towns.
How about, Helston the crew of Towns. ronedgcumbe
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